Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be
Author: Lauren Morrill
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: Teen
Source: Barnes & Noble
Amazon     Barnes and Noble     IndieBound
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

 Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My Thoughts

I have been waiting to read this book since I first heart of it in early Spring, and, in fact, I think it was one of the first Waiting on Wednesday features.  When November 13th came alone, I went to B&N immediately after work so I could get myself a copy.  And I have to say, this book was too cute!

The main character, Julia, was very interesting.  I definitely saw a lot of myself in her.  I hope I was never quite as uptight as she is, but I always wanted to follow the rules while I was in high school.  Actually, I’m still a rule-follower.  When Julia is reprimanded by her teacher, oh my gosh, I could picture exactly how she felt because I know how I would feel in a situation like that.  Something else I loved about Julia – she loves Pride and Prejudice, and carries the book around with her.  How can I not love someone who carries Pride and Prejudice with her?  That said, sometimes Julia frustrated me.  I wanted to yell at her to open her eyes and see what is right in front of her.

I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Jason.  I mean, sometimes he is just so wild, and causes so much commotion.  But he is also a nice guy, I think.  And goofy, which I liked.  Jason is well-developed character, but I couldn’t figure out why he caused scenes so much.  I do wish there was a little info about that.  But I did like him, and I could see how Jason and Julia would match up well.

The story was fast moving, and I had a hard time putting this on down.  There were scenes that had me laughing out loud, which is always something I really appreciate.  I must say that the students were given a lot of free-reign, which I found hard to believe. But ultimately, I didn’t really care.  I did find some the text messaging odd though.  I mean, the signed the text messages.  Do teens do that?  I never do, but I’m far from being a teen.  I did like the story, though, and was very invested in the outcome.

This was such a cute read, and I’m so glad I read it.  If you like some romantic-comedy in your books, Meant to Be is for you.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

  1. Brittany says:

    So glad you liked it! I just got swept away with how cute it was 🙂

  2. I like your point about signed text messages. I do not do that either nor do I know anyone who does that because LOL on most phones texts show up with the name of the contact from the number who sent them.

    ALSO. I am really glad you liked Meant To Be and found it as cute as I did! 🙂

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